adjective

  • 1attributive (of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing.

    ‘I responded in like manner’
    ‘the grouping of children of like ability together’
    • ‘There were a number of matters of a like nature which went before the Federal Court.’
    • ‘There is no exclusion of gross negligence, serious fault, or anything of a like nature.’
    • ‘‘Setting’, the grouping of children of like ability together to follow a particular study or to master a particular skill is little different from traditional streaming.’
    • ‘The artist beamed and continued in like manner giving me enough copy for a small report.’
    • ‘The ICC statute itself suggests that the new court will not treat like cases in a like manner.’
    similar, much the same, more or less the same, not unlike, comparable, corresponding, correspondent, resembling, alike, approximating, analogous, parallel, equivalent, cognate, related, of a kind, akin, kindred
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    1. 1.1predicative (of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original.
      ‘‘Who painted the dog's picture? It's very like.’’
      • ‘Who painted the dog's picture? It -- it's very like.’

Usage

In the sentence he's behaving like he owns the place, like is a conjunction meaning ‘as if’, a usage regarded as incorrect in standard English. Although like has been used as a conjunction in this way since the 15th century by many respected writers, it is still frowned upon and considered unacceptable in formal English, where as if should be used instead